Make a Difference While You Distance in KC Parks

Make a Difference While You Distance in KC Parks

Stay active and make KC better together — even while we’re apart.

Park use has exponentially increased during the pandemic, and unfortunately, the amount of loose litter has too. So next time you or your family head out to a park, trail, or take a walk along one of the beautiful boulevards, we hope you’ll consider taking a bag and gloves to pick up litter along the way. Imagine the difference we could make if every resident collected just one bag of litter!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Take a bag and gloves on your next outing. If you don’t have supplies, contact volunteer@kcmo.org and we can coordinate a contact-free pick up with you.
  1. Pick up litter following the safety guidelines below. Place bag in nearest trash can or next to the receptacle closest to the street for KC Parks staff to haul away.
  2. Share photos on social media with #KCParks. Then challenge your friends!
  3. Send your photo and location of your trash to: volunteer@kcmo.org.
  4. Follow steps 1-4 on your next outing. It’s a healthy habit to create.

Where You Can Make a Difference

Help beautify your favorite park or explore somewhere new. These parks could use an extra hand:

Blue Valley Park, E. 23rd St. & Topping Ave
Swope Park, Swope Pkwy & Meyer Blvd.
Kessler Park, Chestnut Tfwy & Cliff Drive
Penn Valley Park (near tennis courts, The Scout, around Lake), West 29th St. and Broadway Blvd.
Chouteau Greenway Park, N.E. 42nd Terr. & Chouteau Pkwy
Hidden Valley Park, N.E. Russell Road & N. Bennington Ave.
Pleasant Valley Park, 6401 N.E. Pleasant Valley Rd
Noble Park, E. 75th St. and Cleveland Ave.

Litter Cleanup Guidelines

  • Wear sturdy shoes (no sandals), and gloves. Wash your hands well afterward.
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent when appropriate.
  • Avoid working near roads or parking lots.
  • Don’t overfill your bag—keep it light enough to carry.
  • Look out for poison ivy or thorny plants. Don’t eat any berries or mushrooms you find.
  • Don’t enter high vegetation areas (home to snakes and other wildlife) or bodies of water.
  • Don’t pick up dangerous items such as glass, razor blades, syringes or needles, household hazardous waste (HHW), dead animals, weapons, and unlabeled chemical containers.
  • If you find chemicals, HHW, or dead animals in the open, call 311.
  • Please do not clean up homeless sites, but please report them by calling 311.

Thank you for helping beautify KC Parks! We look forward to hearing from you!